Shade Gardening Plants – Zone 6

Shade plants for zone 6 gardening

This is a full list of shade plants that will survive a Zone 6 hardiness gardening zone. Each plant contains two links providing growing information, watering needs, flower color, and when it blooms. Enjoy our photos.

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Alaskan Fern


Polystichum setiferum
Item #3649
Shade Loving



American Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum pedatum

Item #8362
Native Plant

NEW PLANT



Aphrodite Plantain Lily

Hosta plantaginea ‘Aphrodite’
Item #3698
Fragrant

April Remembered Ice Angels® Camellia

Camellia japonica ‘April Remembered’
Item #1460
Winter Flowering



Arc En Ciel Cinquefoil


Potentilla ‘Arc En Ciel’
Item #1948
Summer Flowering



Aurea Marginata Plantain Lily

Hosta fortunei ‘Aurea Marginata’

Item #0692
Shade Loving



Auslese Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla mollis ‘Auslese’
Item #0201
Shade Loving

 

Autumn Fern


Dryopteris erythrosora
Item #3624
Shade Loving



Beacon Silver Dead Nettle

Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon Silver’

Item #2489
Summer Flowering

NEW PLANT



Beesia

Beesia deltophylla
Item #5002
Woodland Garden


Beni Gaku Hydrangea

Hydrangea serrata ‘Beni Gaku’
Item #4234
Summer Flowering



Black Negligee Snakeroot
Cimicifuga ramosa ‘Black Negligee’
Item #3951
Woodland Garden

Black Velvet Foam Flower

Tiarella x ‘Black Velvet’ P.P.# 12348
Item #7308
Dramatic Foliage Color


Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectabilis
Item #0484
Native Plant



Bowles’ Common Periwinkle
Vinca minor ‘Bowles’
Item #7613
Cottage Garden Plant



Bridal Veil® Astilbe

Astilbe x arendsii ‘Bridal Veil’

Item #0159
Showy Flowers



Bright Lights Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Bright Lights’
Item #2561
Woodland Garden

 



Brilliance Autumn Fern


Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’
Item #2122
Dramatic Foliage Color



Brunette Snakeroot

Cimicifuga ramosa ‘Brunette’

Item #0430
Woodland Garden


Burgundy Lace Painted Fern

Athyrium niponicum ‘Burgundy Lace’ P.P.# 15072
Item #2206
Dramatic Foliage Color

 



Cameo Series Blue & White Columbine


Aquilegia flabellata ‘Cameo Series Blue & White’
Item #0272
Compact Habit



Cameo Series Rose & White Columbine

Aquilegia flabellata ‘Cameo Series Rose & White’

Item #0081
Cottage Garden Plant



Carolina Allspice

Calycanthus floridus
Item #1451
Fragrant

 



Cast Iron Plant


Aspidistra elatior
Item #0345
Shade Loving



Cherry Berry Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Cherry Berry’

Item #1676
Dramatic Foliage Color



China Blue Fumewort

Corydalis flexuosa ‘China Blue’
Item #2817
Showy Flowers

 

Chinese Astilbe


Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’
Item #0352
Deer Resistant



Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

Item #8371
Woodland Garden



Christmas Tree Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Christmas Tree’
Item #2510
Shade Loving

 



Cinnamon Fern


Osmunda cinnamomea
Item #3641
Water Garden



Creeping Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

Item #3779
Ornamental Berries



Crested Lady Fern

Athyrium filix femina ‘Cristatum’
Item #3610
Shade Loving

 



Deer Fern


Blechnum spicant
Item #2812
Shade Loving



Deutschland Astilbe

Astilbe x arendsii ‘Deutschland’

Item #0351
Shade Loving



Diamond Tiara Plantain Lily

Hosta ‘Diamond Tiara’
Item #3253
Shade Loving

 



Dixie Wood Fern


Dryopteris x australis
Item #2123
Woodland Garden



Double Knock Out® Rose
Rosa x ‘Radtko’ P.P.# 16202
Item #3090
Improved Disease Resistance



Dwarf Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nanus’
Item #6312
Easy Care Plant


Elegans Plantain Lily

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’
Item #4183
Shade Loving



Endless Summer® Blushing Bride Hydrangea


Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blushing Bride’ P.P.# 17169
Item #3502
Repeat Blooming



Endless Summer® Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ P.P. 15298
Item #1731
Repeat Blooming



Eola Salad Bowl Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Eola Salad Bowl’
Item #4149
Shade Loving


Eola Sapphire Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Eola Sapphire’
Item #4147
Shade Loving



Europa Japanese Astilbe
Astilbe japonica ‘Europa’
Item #0164
Spring Flowering



European Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris
Item #3645
Shade Loving


Fanal Astilbe

Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’
Item #0350
Shade Loving

Fingerleaf Rodgersia
Rodgersia aesculifolia
Item #6957
Woodland Garden



Fire And Ice Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Fire and Ice’
Item #1749
Dramatic Foliage Color

NEW PLANT



Fireworks Rodgersia

Rodgersia ‘Fireworks’
Item #3223
Woodland Garden

 



Flavocircinalis Plantain Lily


Hosta tokudama ‘Flavocircinalis’
Item #1630
Shade Loving



Fortune’s Holly Fern

Cyrtomium fortunei

Item #2983
Woodland Garden



Francee Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Francee’
Item #4169
Shade Loving

 



Frances Williams Plantain Lily


Hosta sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’
Item #4223
Shade Loving



Frosted Jade Plantain Lily

Hosta ‘Frosted Jade’

Item #4395
Dramatic Foliage Color



Ghost Fern

Athyrium ‘Ghost’
Item #1876
Woodland Garden

 



Giant Lilyturf


Liriope gigantea
Item #5883
Shade Loving

Ginger Ale Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Ginger Ale’ P.P.# 18173

Item #2223
Dramatic Foliage Color



Ginko Craig Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Ginko Craig’
Item #4153
Shade Loving

 



Girard’s Hot Shot Azalea


Azalea x ‘Girard’s Hot Shot’ (Girard hybrid)
Item #0745
Spring Flowering



Gold Fountains Sedge

Carex dolichostachya ‘Kaga Nishiki’

Item #3593
Shade Loving

NEW PLANT



Gold Heart Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’
Item #3562
Dramatic Foliage Color


Gold Standard Plantain Lily

Hosta fortunei ‘Gold Standard’
Item #4179
Shade Loving



Golden Guinea Japanese Rose
Kerria japonica ‘Golden Guinea’
Item #0877
Shade Loving



Golden Prayers Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Golden Prayers’
Item #4177
Shade Loving


Golden Tiara Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Golden Tiara’
Item #4208
Shade Loving



Granat Astilbe
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Granat’
Item #0162
Woodland Garden

NEW PLANT


Great Expectations Plantain Lily

Hosta ‘Great Expectations’


Item #1991
Dramatic Foliage Color



Green Carpet Vinca

Vinca minor ‘Green Carpet’
Item #7606
Cottage Garden Plant

 



Green Lustre Japanese Holly


Ilex crenata ‘Green Lustre’
Item #0753
Hedge Plant



Green Sheen Japanese Spurge

Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Sheen’

Item #6335
Shade Loving



Guacamole Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Guacamole’
Item #1752
Shade Loving

 

NEW PLANT



Hadspen Blue Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Hadspen Blue’
Item #3189
Shade Loving



Halcyon Plantain Lily


Hosta x tardiana ‘Halcyon’
Item #4187
Shade Loving



Hard Shield Fern

Polystichum aculeatum

Item #3646
Woodland Garden



Heart Of Darkness Foamy Bells

Heucherella ‘Heart of Darkness’ P.P.# 14489
Item #2108
Dramatic Foliage Color

 



Hennie Graafland Star Astilbe


Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Hennie Graafland’
Item #0163
Dwarf Habit



High Contrast Lungwort

Pulmonaria ‘High Contrast’ P.P.# 12337

Item #4403
Dramatic Foliage Color



Himalayan Sarcococca

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis
Item #7050
Deer Resistant

 



Honeybells Plantain Lily


Hosta x plantaginea ‘Honeybells’
Item #0713
Shade Loving



Hot Lips Turtlehead

Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’

Item #2419
Fall Flowering



Hottsy Tottsy Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Hottsy Tottsy’
Item #4148
Shade Loving

 



Inshriach Pink Astilbe


Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Inshriach Pink’
Item #0348
Shade Loving



Ivory Prince Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Walhelivor’ P.P.# 16199

Item #3999
Shade Loving



Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’
Item #3612
Shade Loving

 

NEW PLANT



Japanese Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. drupacea
Item #3521
Year-round Interest

NEW PLANT



Japanese Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonia
Item #3522
Easy Care Plant



Karen Azalea
Azalea x ‘Karen’
Item #0181
Spring Flowering

NEW PLANT



King Of Hearts Bleeding Heart

Dicentra x ‘King of Hearts’


Item #0481
Woodland Garden



Krossa Regal Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Krossa Regal’
Item #4182
Shade Loving

 



Lady Fern


Athyrium filix-femina
Item #0502
Woodland Garden



Lady In Red Fern

Athyrium filix-femina ‘Lady In Red’

Item #1924
Dramatic Foliage Color



Lily-Of-The-Valley

Convallaria majalis
Item #2789
Showy Flowers

 



Little Leo Leopard’s Bane


Doronicum orientale ‘Little Leo’
Item #3329
Long Bloom Season



Log Fern

Dryopteris celsa

Item #0504
Woodland Garden

Luxuriant Fringed Bleeding Heart

Dicentra x ‘Luxuriant’ P.P.# 3324
Item #3161
Easy Care Plant

 



Maggie Daley Astilbe


Astilbe chinensis ‘Maggie Daley’
Item #3433
Summer Flowering



Makinoi’s Holly Fern

Polystichum makinoi

Item #3481
Shade Loving

NEW PLANT



Mardi Gras Bicolor Mix Lenten Rose

Helleborus ‘Mardi Gras Bicolor Mix’
Item #5772
Winter Flowering

NEW PLANT



Mardi Gras Black Shades Lenten Rose

Helleborus ‘Mardi Gras Black Shades’
Item #5698
Winter Flowering

 

NEW PLANT



Mardi Gras Red Shades Lenten Rose

Helleborus ‘Mardi Gras Red Shades’
Item #5699
Winter Flowering

NEW PLANT



Mardi GrasYellow Shades Lenten Rose

Helleborus ‘Mardi Gras Yellow Shades’
Item #5773
Winter Flowering

NEW PLANT



Margaret Wilson Geranium



Geranium phaeum ‘Margaret Wilson’
Item #4404
Shade Loving



Max Vogel Japanese Anemone

Anemone x hybrida ‘Max Vogel’

Item #0284
Summer Flowering



Minuteman Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Minuteman’
Item #0698
Summer Flowering

 

NEW PLANT



Mirranda Climbing Hydrangea

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris ‘Mirranda’
Item #3501
Year-round Interest



Montgomery Astilbe


Astilbe japonica ‘Montgomery’
Item #0167
Deer Resistant

NEW PLANT



Mountain Lady’s Mantle


Alchemilla alpina
Item #4868
Rock Garden Plant



Mr. Goldstrike Aucuba

Aucuba japonica ‘Mr. Goldstrike’
Item #0356
Shade Loving


Neon Lights Foam Flower

Tiarella x ‘Neon Lights’ P.P.# 13289
Item #2559
Shade Loving

Night Before Christmas Hosta
Hosta x ‘Night Before Christmas’
Item #4165
Shade Loving

Northern Lights Tufted Hair Grass

Deschampsia caespitosa ‘Northern Lights’
Item #0539
Dramatic Foliage Color


Olive Bailey Langdon Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Olive Bailey Langdon’
Item #2839
Shade Loving

NEW PLANT

Orange Marmalade Plantain Lily



Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’
Item #3548
Dramatic Foliage Color



Orchid Frost Spotted Dead Nettle

Lamium maculatum ‘Orchid Frost’ P.P.# 11122

Item #0908
Shade Loving

Patriot Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Patriot’
Item #4188
Shade Loving

 

NEW PLANT



Peacock Spikemoss

Selaginella uncinata
Item #7702
Groundcover

Pewter Lace Painted Fern


Athyrium niponicum ‘Pewter Lace’ P.P. # 15721
Item #4454
Shade Loving

Pink Elf® French Hydrangea


Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Pia’
Item #4207
Summer Flowering



Pink Lady Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pink Lady’
Item #2344
Shade Loving


Pink Skyrocket Foam Flower

Tiarella x ‘Pink Skyrocket’ P.P.# 13382
Item #3558
Woodland Garden



Pirate’s Patch Foam Flower
Tiarella x ‘Pirate’s Patch’ P.P.# 14907
Item #3659
Prolific Flowering



Purple Dragon Dead Nettle

Lamium maculatum ‘Purple Dragon’ P.P.# 15890
Item #2490
Dramatic Foliage Color


Quicksilver Chinese Wild Ginger

Asarum splendens ‘Quicksilver’
Item #2912
Shade Loving



Raspberry Splash Lungwort
Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Raspberry Splash’ P.P.# 12138
Item #1106
Shade Loving



Red Baron Creeping Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens ‘Red Baron’
Item #1761
Groundcover


Red Lady Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Red Lady’
Item #1799
Shade Loving

Red Sentinel Astilbe
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Red Sentinel’
Item #0168
Woodland Garden

NEW PLANT


Regal Red Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium niponicum ‘Regal Red’


Item #2204
Shade Loving



Regal Splendor Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Regal Splendor’
Item #0701
Shade Loving

 



Renee Michelle Azalea


Azalea x’Renee Michelle’ (Girard hybrid)
Item #0203
Spring Flowering



Rheinland Astilbe

Astilbe x arendsii ‘Rheinland’

Item #0354
Shade Loving

Robust Male Fern

Dryopteris felix-mas ‘Robusta’
Item #3626
Shade Loving

 



Robust Male Fern


Dryopteris felix-mas ‘Undulata Robusta’
Item #0506
Shade Loving



Royal Heritage™ Strain Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage Strain’
Item #3998
Shade Loving



Royal Standard Plantain Lily

Hosta x plantaginea ‘Royal Standard’
Item #4173
Shade Loving


Rozannie Japanese Aucuba

Aucuba japonica ‘Rozannie’
Item #0366
Compact Habit

NEW PLANT



Ruby Red Spikemoss



Selaginella erythropus ‘Sanguinea’
Item #7703
Dramatic Foliage Color

NEW PLANT



Santa’s Delight® English Holly



Ilex aquifolium ‘Sadezam’
Item #2396
Year-round Interest



Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba

Aucuba japonica ‘Serratifolia’

Item #0365
Shade Loving



Saybrook Glory Azalea

Azalea x ‘Saybrook Glory’ (Girard hybrid)
Item #0205
Spring Flowering

 

NEW PLANT


Scarletta® Fetterbush

Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Zeblid’ P.P.# 5195
Item #4438
Dramatic Foliage Color



Schipka Cherry Laurel


Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’
Item #6717
Hedge Plant



Serendipity Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Serendipity’

Item #4184
Shade Loving



Siberian Cypress

Microbiota decussata (UBC Clone)
Item #6161
Dramatic Foliage Color

 

NEW PLANT



Silver Bouquet Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria ‘Silver Bouquet’ P.P.# 20059
Item #5396



Silver Cloak Fern


Cheilanthes argentea
Item #3178
Easy Care Plant



Silver Lace Christmas Rose

Helleborus argutifolius ‘Silver Lace’

Item #3545
Winter Flowering



Silver Scrolls Coral Bells

Heuchera x ‘Silver Scrolls’ P.P.# 12066
Item #2012
Dramatic Foliage Color

 

Silver Sword Azalea


Azalea x ‘Silver Sword’ P.P.# 4718(Girard hybrid)
Item #0207
Spring Flowering



Sitting Pretty Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Sitting Pretty’

Item #4152
Dwarf Habit



Sneezy Rhododendron

Rhododendron x ‘Sneezy’ (H-2)
Item #1019
Spring Flowering

 



Snowdrop Anemone


Anemone sylvestris
Item #0274
Fragrant



Spreading Japanese Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Prostrata’

Item #2883
Easy Care Plant



Spring’s Promise Ice Angels® Camellia

Camellia japonica ‘Spring’s Promise’
Item #1498
Winter Flowering


Sprite Dwarf Astilbe

Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Sprite’
Item #0353
Shade Loving

NEW PLANT



Stained Glass Plantain Lily



Hosta x ‘Stained Glass’
Item #4467
Dramatic Foliage Color

NEW PLANT



Sugar & Spice Foam Flower



Tiarella x ‘Sugar & Spice’ P.P.# 16738
Item #4756
Prolific Flowering



Sum & Substance Hosta

Hosta x ‘Sum & Substance’

Item #8397
Shade Loving



Sunny Skies Periwinkle

Vinca minor ‘Sunny Skies’ P.P.# 13466
Item #3692
Dramatic Foliage Color

 

Sweet Woodruff


Galium odoratum
Item #2383
Groundcover



Tassel Fern

Polystichum polyblepharum

Item #8372
Woodland Garden



Tradition Azalea

Azalea x’Tradition’ (Kurume hybrid)
Item #0209
Spring Flowering

 



Trevi Fountain Lungwort


Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ P.P.# 13047
Item #3561
Showy Flowers



Variegated Bishop’s Weed

Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’

Item #1837
Groundcover



Variegated Common Periwinkle

Vinca minor ‘Variegata’
Item #7614
Deer Resistant

 



Variegated Gold Dust Plant


Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’
Item #0375
Shade Loving



Variegated Jacob’s Ladder

Polemonium ‘Brise d’Anjou’ P.P.# 9781

Item #6536
Shade Loving



Variegated Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Sagae’
Item #4186
Shade Loving

 

Variegated Siberian Bugloss


Brunnera macrophylla ‘Variegata’
Item #1365
Groundcover

Variegated Solomon’s Seal

Polygonatum falcatum ‘Variegatum’

Item #1516
Shade Loving

NEW PLANT



Very Berry Creeping Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens ‘Very Berry’
Item #3778
Groundcover


Visions Astilbe

Astilbe chinensis ‘Visions’
Item #0362
Shade Loving



Whirlwind Plantain Lily
Hosta x ‘Whirlwind’
Item #2184
Dramatic Foliage Color

NEW PLANT



White Sensation Astilbe

Astilbe simplicifolia ‘White Sensation’ P.P.# 18462


Item #3739
Spring Flowering

Wide Brim Plantain Lily

Hosta x ‘Wide Brim’
Item #4185
Shade Loving

 



Wine Common Periwinkle


Vinca minor ‘Atropurpurea’
Item #7608
Cottage Garden Plant



Winter’s Snowman Ice Angels® Camellia
Camellia x ‘Winter’s Snowman’
Item #2007
Winter Flowering

Winterglow Bergenia

Bergenia cordifolia ‘Winterglut’
Item #2202
Year-round Interest


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2 Comments

    Melissa Allen

    Wow this is by far the best list of shade plants I have come across! Thank you!

    Marshall Hosel

    Great list, thanks!

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